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WUB #1 for BLC #15

Monday, July 09, 2012

How am I doing?

emoticon Stay under my calorie limit each week (and do my best to stay under each day as well).
~~Goal partially met. I was under all but one day this week, but only barely. As a result, the one day that I went over (today) pushed me over for the whole week!

emoticon Drink 8+ cups of water a day.

emoticon Train for my next 5k by wogging 2 miles each, 3 days a week.
~~Goal only slightly partially met. Wogged 2 miles for just 1 day. My excuse for not going any other days was that we had a major heat wave here, but truthfully, if I had just set my alarm instead of sleeping in, I could have gone before the heat kicked in.

emoticon In my wogs, I'm currently jogging 1 minute for every 4 minutes walked. I'd like to have that ratio changed to 1.5 minutes jogging for every 3.5 minutes walked by the end of this month.
~~Still at 1 minute for every 4, but see my next goal:

emoticon Create a training calendar for my 5k training wogs, detailing when to change my intervals.
emoticon ~~Starting tomorrow morning, I will be doing 1.25 minutes jogging for every 3.75 minutes walking. That will last 2 weeks before I jump to my goal of 1.5 minute for every 3.5 minutes.

emoticon Drop my mile time below 15 minutes. My fastest mile currently sits at 15:19. Work on this by doing just 1 mile once a week (in addition to my 2 miles 3 days a week).
~~Well, that 15:19 time was recorded this week, when my previous best was 15:43. So I'd say that's a good start to getting down below 15 minutes.

emoticonThe calorie struggle and the lack of wogging are both bad news. I have to do something about this pronto before things start to spiral. As it is, I had a mini-binge on candy and ice cream today. That's what pushed me over my calorie limit. I only lost 0.2 pounds this week--yes, that's only 2 TENTHS of a pound. And I have no one to blame but myself.

I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes: "Saying, 'Oh, I've already ruined my good eating today; I'll just eat crap' is like saying, 'Oh, I dropped my phone on the floor; I'll just smash it 'til it breaks.'" I refuse to smash my phone. I've set my alarm for 6am tomorrow (which is now less than 6 hours away...not good) so I can get up and go on my wog before work. Then, after work I'm going to get a few groceries and make more smoothie bags since I only have 1 left.

I will end this entry with a Quote of the Day. I do this on my "official" weight loss blog ( ), and since whatever gets posted on SP ends up being cross-posted on that blog as well, I may as well include the quote that will get added when I post this over there.

"If you have made mistakes…there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." --Mary Pickford

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SWALL84 7/15/2012 11:30AM

    I am liking your plan! Best of luck to you!!

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BERKCHIK 7/14/2012 7:59AM

    im in a similar boat...fighting to get back up...thanks for the share...much needed!

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DANE02 7/12/2012 12:42PM

    Keep up the strong work!

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RADIOTIKSPARK1 7/10/2012 2:44AM

    It is so hard to draw a line under a splurge and not keep splurging, isn't it? I'm an in for a dime, in for a dollar person too and I really like your cellphone analogy. I kind of think it as falling into a hole: I can stay in there or I can climb back out again...kind of like your quote. The cellphone one is a bit less depressing :)

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SONIA260 7/9/2012 7:16PM

    aren't smoothie bags and soup bags just the best?!?! You are doing so well, and realizing your challenges and committing to overcome them is a huge victory!!! You can do it!

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TAMENI2 7/9/2012 6:19PM

    Look at the progress you are making! Great job. This week will be even better.

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SHRINK_U 7/9/2012 4:37PM

    I like this quote:

"I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes: "Saying, 'Oh, I've already ruined my good eating today; I'll just eat crap' is like saying, 'Oh, I dropped my phone on the floor; I'll just smash it 'til it breaks.'" I refuse to smash my phone. "

Great plan!!

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*MADHU* 7/9/2012 4:18AM

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MGB for BLC #15

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Alphabet soup! For those that don't know, that stands for "Monthly Goal Blog for Biggest Loser Challenge #15". For the BLC that I'm in now (my second one!), we get to write a monthly goal blog each month detailing our goals for that month. Then, on a weekly basis, we write a "WUB"--weekly update blog--evaluating how we're doing on those goals. So here goes my first MGB!

So. My goals for July are:

emoticon Stay under my calorie limit each week (and do my best to stay under each day as well). I've recently started tracking my food and exercise on instead of on SparkPeople, because they do things a bit differently and I like it. You have your calorie limit for the day, but then on days that you exercise, the calories burned are subtracted from the calories you ate that day, allowing you to eat more. And if you go over on one day, it's not a huge deal because you also have a weekly budget, so you just need to make sure that overall for the week you stay under your limit. Basically, it allows for a bit more flexibility, and I feel less restricted and more in control.

emoticon Drink 8+ cups of water a day.

emoticon Train for my next 5k by wogging 2 miles each, 3 days a week.

emoticon In my wogs, I'm currently jogging 1 minute for every 4 minutes walked. I'd like to have that ratio changed to 1.5 minutes jogging for every 3.5 minutes walked by the end of this month.

emoticon Drop my mile time below 15 minutes. My fastest mile currently sits at 15:19. Work on this by doing just 1 mile once a week (in addition to my 2 miles 3 days a week).

I'm pretty sure most of those will be a piece of cake. The only one that will be a struggle is my jogging:walking ratio, because the current 1 minute feels like it takes forever, and occasionally I get nauseated and have to slow to a walk before the minute is up. But I really want to be able to jog half of the 5k I'm doing in September, so I really have to step it up. Ah, that made me think of another goal:

emoticon Create a training calendar for my 5k training wogs, detailing when to change my intervals. I know calendars like this already exist out there, but I signed up for the 5k Your Way Walk/Jog training plan on SparkPeople, and they have you jump from 1 minute jogging to 2 minutes jogging. I need smaller intervals than that, and longer times at each interval.

So there it is. My first MGB! Let's see how July goes emoticon

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BRANDIA03 7/8/2012 10:13PM

    Awesome goals!! emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/4/2012 11:57PM

    Those are great goals!

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SONIA260 7/4/2012 1:59PM

    This is so awesome! I love that you are taking aspects of different programs and making them work for you :)

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BERKCHIK 7/4/2012 1:56PM

    You are good with the goals my dear! Great to see you post again, as well ;-)

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BETHIEBOOPS 7/4/2012 1:19PM

    great goals!! You are awesome.

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GEEKYMOUSE 7/4/2012 1:10PM

    Great attainable goals to kick start the new BLC. :) I wish you luck! I know you can do it and will be checking for updates! :)

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SWALL84 7/4/2012 1:00PM

    Great goals! And I love that you called it wogging haha

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CANDIGIRL4K 7/4/2012 12:50PM

    Oh great, we have some of the same goals! You can totally do it, let me know how your 5k goes in the fall! emoticon

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Gah! I Haven't Been Sparking!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

But never fear...I'm still on the wagon/horse/whatever you want to call it. This week I gained 1.6 pounds (yikes!), but I'm still losing in general. Life is just crazy busy now, and I haven't had time for you guys :-( :-(

In case you want to keep up with my progress, though, I *do* faithfully keep my blog over here on blogger: if you subscribe to RSS feeds or anything, you can follow me over there (or even bookmark/favorite it, if you want). It's the official blog of my journey, so I won't be abandoning it :-)

I think I'm co-leading for the next BLC that the 20-Somethings With 100+ To Lose group is putting on. So I will set aside time on my calendar probably twice a week to dedicate to reading my sparkfriends' blogs and interacting with teammates and such. I really *do* want to be there for you guys, I promise! I'm just having an unexpectedly super busy summer, so it will just take a little more structure and dedication to make the time to Spark.

I hope you all are doing well!!! Even if you don't have time to dedicate to spending time on SparkPeople, DON'T give up the journey! I know you can all succeed :-)

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BERKCHIK 6/24/2012 1:51AM

    If only I were a 20-something...not for the BLC, just in general ;)
Good to see you here and good thinking to create a post about your blog site!
Hope you have time to catch your breath soon. Be well!

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VALKYRIA- 6/23/2012 9:38AM

    Glad to hear you are still "on the wagon." Looking forward to the BLC#15 with you!

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I Survived--No, Flourished In--My First 5k!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

When I first started training, I did my mile in 20 minutes. Thinking that it would be difficult to keep up that pace for 3.1 miles, I decided that my goal for the 5k would be to finish in under 75 minutes. As I continued to train, however, my mile kept getting considerably lower, and I noticed that on my longer walks, I was able to sustain faster paces for longer distances. At that point, I decided that I would shoot to finish the 5k in under an hour. Fast forward to last night. I realized that I could probably beat an hour for sure, and wanted to see how fast I could expect to be. After some calculations, I decided that if I pushed myself extra hard, I might be able to finish in 55 minutes--but that I shouldn't expect to be any faster than that.

So imagine my shock as I was approaching the finish line and saw the timer read 51 minutes and some change! I crossed after it hit 52 minutes, but knew that wasn't my "official" time. It took about a minute for me to get up to the starting line after they started the clock, so I knew that 52--which was way faster than I thought I could go--was even slower than my actual time! No joke, I thought to myself that they must have started the clock after the race had started. There's no way I finished that quickly! I wasn't able to check my chip time, though, until I got home 2 and a half hours later.

Soooo how did I do? 51:09. That's right, I finished my very first 5k not in 75 minutes, not in 60 minutes, not even in 55 minutes--but in 51 minutes and 9 seconds!

I'm flabbergasted. I had NO idea my body could move that quickly for such a sustained period of time. I don't even know what else to say. I'm partially still in shock. All I know is that this won't be my last 5k, and it *will* be my slowest time. I may have been miserable during the duration of the race itself, but I think I'm hooked on this feeling of success!

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VALKYRIA- 5/22/2012 4:46PM

    DANG, girl! That is an amazing first 5k time!!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLARKA6 5/20/2012 11:05AM

    Amazing! Congrats, girl that's awesome:) You should be incredibly proud of yourself!

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    WOOHOOOO!! Congratulations! That's a great time! My first one was about 75 minutes and my second one 61 or 62. I'm sure I can get faster, too. :)

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BERKCHIK 5/20/2012 2:03AM

    Holy cow! That's really exciting! So, you must've walked at like a 3.3 or 3.4/hr pace?!?! I'm jealous!!!

Curious as to how you "trained" to get your time down! I'm walking every day but I really don't push myself AT ALL...maybe I should start!


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SHOES17 5/19/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is so inspiring!!

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CONDA86 5/19/2012 6:25PM

    Great Job!!! I can only imagine how awesome you felt, sometimes our body can do more than we think!! emoticon emoticon

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SHRINK_U 5/19/2012 5:47PM

    That is so wonderful. emoticon

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TEDIEBEAR1 5/19/2012 4:46PM

    Congrats! My first 5k was 55 minutes so I know you really rocked!!!

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    Congratulations to you! What an inspiration! emoticon You did it!

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MRS_ASCOTT 5/19/2012 3:47PM

    Great job! It's so wonderful when you realize you are capable of so much more than you ever imagined! emoticon

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SOFNEMSMA 5/19/2012 3:39PM

    CONGRAUTLATIONS!!!!! What an accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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How's the BLC going?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's that time! The Biggest Loser Challenge I'm in is almost halfway over, so it's time to stop, reflect, and reassess how things are going. Below are the goals I set before week 1, and how I've been doing on them:

--Drink 12 cups of water every day-- emoticon
--Eat at least 3 servings of fruits and veggies every day-- I don't know what happened, but I have fallen off of this wagon. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I haven't gotten groceries in 2 or 3 weeks (when I really should be getting them weekly), but I think I had started slipping even before then. I will make a concerted effort to meet this goal during the second half of the challenge.
--Stay within my calorie range, and decrease it weekly until it's down to 1200-1550-- Goal partially met. I'm staying within my range, but I had a hard time staying in range the week it was 1400-1750, so rather than decrease it to 1300-1650, I increased to 1500-1850 for this week. I think the fact that I ate out a lot affected that, though, so I will try decreasing it again next week since I'll be getting groceries this weekend. If I can get the range down to 1200-1550, then that would be awesome.

--Do at least 3 body weight exercises a night and/or do a strength training video off the internet-- Holy crap I have not even come close to meeting this goal.
--Train for the 5k 3 days a week-- I'm down to about once a week. Not so hot. I'm going to try to get two times in this week, though, since the 5k is this Saturday.
--Walk (or walk/jog) a mile every day that I didn't train for the 5k-- This is also down to about once a week. Must remedy this.
--Meet my goal of steps walked every day: This has been very hit-or-miss. Haven't had a solid 7-day streak in a couple of weeks.

--Complete all the mini-challenges offered during the Biggest Loser Challenge-- I've missed a few, but am (for the most part) attempting them all.
--Cheer on and encourage my teammates by checking in to the SparkTeam daily and reading their blogs as posted-- I've been keeping up with their blogs, but haven't been checking in to the SparkTeam as frequently.

Assessment of the above:
I'm doing less than my best. However, I'm not going to beat myself up over it like the old me might have done. I recognize that this has been a learning process. I'm still trying to find what works for me. What *does* work for me: drinking 12 cups of water a day and eating in my calorie range. What needs tweaking: freggies, fitness, and my calorie range itself.

My game plan for what needs tweaking:
--Freggies: Get groceries this weekend (including lots of freggies) and make smoothie baggies to put in the freezer.
--Fitness: This is a tough one. I went for a walk/jog before work this morning, and I think I liked doing it in the morning. So I will aim to go on some kind of walk or walk/jog before work every day. As for strength training, I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed. I had goals to increase my crunches and pushups, so perhaps I should do one or the other every day.
--Calorie range: I'm going to decrease next week and see if it's more manageable once I'm eating more freggies and less restaurant food.

I haven't lost as much as I had hoped for, but it's easy to see why. I'm simply not working as hard as I could be! I don't plan to kick it into high gear for the remainder of this competition, but I *am* going to step things up a notch.

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EUEK098 5/19/2012 11:16AM

    I'm glad you can pick out things you need to improve in your plan, and do it gradually and you'll get to a point where you're meeting your goals 100% of the time

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SARI_GIRL 5/17/2012 5:52PM

    I love how you are honest with yourself, and that you can celebrate the positives even if you're didn't quite meet your expectations. Just because you don't meet your own (inevitably high) expectations does not mean you didn't do well! emoticon

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BERKCHIK 5/17/2012 3:30PM

    Call me an underachiever. --But I think you could do with a litle underachieving, too :-p

Berkchik's un-lofty goals:
1. strive to eat in calorie range
2. be active daily (20min)

I'm not even ready for strength yet...because I tried it and stopped after the first week. It gives me something to aspire to when I am ready for the next level.

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VALKYRIA- 5/17/2012 12:17PM

    Good, focused plan of action. Remember, you don't have to be perfect to improve. emoticon

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DAYTHYME 5/17/2012 3:44AM

    You are definitely trucking along. I know you haven't been on top of everything 100%, but you are still losing and still hanging in there! Great job at analyzing where you are at, and where you want to be at!

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